Grief and Loss
Grief & Loss Treatment Using Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.)
At times, life happens so fast that leaves us with a terrible emotional scar.
Losing someone, losing a pet, losing a job, or a place that you lived before, can all cause grief.
A.R.T. is a newer evidence-based therapy used for clients who have experienced grief or loss. If you have experienced or are currently experiencing any type of grief or loss, it can help you:
- Forget the pain of your experience(s)
- Erase disturbing images
- Eliminate reactions to triggers
- Reprogram stress memories and images
- Develop positive and effective strategies for dealing with stressors
- Improve sleep
A.R.T. uses eye movements, imagery, and guidance to help your brain better process and store difficult memories. When these are processed and stored differently, they no longer trigger negative physical and emotional reactions. Using a series of relaxing eye movements, you will move beyond your stuck points towards growth and positive change. You are in complete control during these sessions, and you don’t even need to talk about your grief or loss to achieve recovery. A randomized study of ART, when used for post-traumatic stress, found a 70% reduction in symptoms. Similar outcomes have been found when using this therapy for anxiety and depression.
Complicated grief is a major health concern, and it often takes a toll on your mental health. It may impact your levels of anxiety, depression, your desire to socialize, and your cognitive function. Grief and loss can also affect your physical health like your immune function, inflammation, and sleep quality.
Who can benefit from A.R.T.?
A.R.T. has helped clients struggling with a wide range of issues including:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Anxiety and phobias
- Panic and anxiety attacks
- Fear of public speaking
- Addiction & bad habits (any)
- Sleep problems
- Dream interpretation & nightmares
- Relationship issues
- Marital problems/infidelity
- Sexual abuse/assault
- Sexual addiction
- Diagnosis of terminal illness (self or loved one)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Clarity in goal setting
- Pain management
- or any other experience
Grief usually goes away in the one-year time frame. Complicated grief is the one that stays with you longer than “normal”.
There are treatments in psychotherapy that can help you deal with your loss.
Contact us at Tampa Therapy and Wellness and talk to one of our therapists today!